Get to know our headliners

artists for blog 9Taking the stage to play at rural small halls requires a talent for intimacy that our hand-picked artists embody and embrace.

Each one of our headliners and local openers are well known for playing to their audience and are set to enliven small spaces across Eastern Ontario this fall, paying tribute to the history and heart of their small town venues. Some of our artists are coming here from far afield and we can’t wait to give them a warm eastern Ontario welcome!

Take a peek at our updated artist page to find out the inside scoop on each musician or band.

Did you know that Breabach has been touring the globe sharing music for the past five years? Now, they’ll be playing with Anna Ludlow at Stonefields in Beckwith on Thursday, Sept. 15 at 7:30 p.m., at the St. James Catholic Church in Maxville on Saturday, Sept. 17 at 7:30 p.m., and at the Maberly Community Hall on Sunday, Sept. 18 at 3 p.m.

Similarly, Hat Fitz and Cara have also been known as festival favourites throughout Canada, Australia, Europe, and the UK where it has been said they pack more energy into one song than most have in an entire career! They’ll be playing three shows with the Festival of Small Halls: at Delta Old Town Hall on Friday, Sept. 23 at 7:30 p.m.; at the Westmeath Recreation Centre on Saturday, Sept. 24 at 7:30 p.m. and at Ecotay in Perth on Sunday, Sept. 25 at 3 p.m.

Sherman Downey and Matthew Byrne are also making a trek to this area. They’re known as two of Newfoundland’s most recognized voices. Roots-rocker Downey and traditional singer Byrne, have combined their individual styles and repertoires to create an exciting fusion of traditional and modern sounds. Sherman Downey and Matthew Byrne will perform at St. Andrew’s United Church in Pakenham on Saturday, Oct. 1 at 7:30 p.m. and at Burritt’s Rapids Community Hall on Sunday, Oct. 2 at 3 p.m.

Visit our artist page by clicking here to find out more about each musician or band.

Take that a step further and whet your appetite for music! At the bottom of each artist profile page is a video of the band or artists performing. Get a sneak peek at what you can enjoy in September and October and have a look at each video.

Not sure which show you want to see first? Look at our newly updated schedule (with more local openers!) here.